It's always amazing to me that the faux left can get away with calling themselves the party of tolerance because they're just as bad as they claim conservatives are. The latest example of this comes from ABC's female gab-fest "The View" and singer Barry Manilow. Apparently, Manilow was set to go on "The View" to promote his new CD, but he has a problem with co-host Elisabeth Hasselbeck. In an exclusive interview with the website TMZ, Manilow said, "I strongly disagree with her views. I think she's dangerous and offensive. I will not be on the same stage as her." (Of course that didn't bother him the last couple of times he's been on the show...with Hasselbeck on the stage.)
On his website, Manilow goes into a bit more depth:
Hey guys,I wanted to let you know that I will no longer be on The View tomorrow as scheduled. I had made a request that I be interviewed by Joy, Barbara or Whoopi, but not Elisabeth Hasselback. Unfortunately, the show was not willing to accommodate this simple request so I bowed out.
It’s really too bad because I've always been a big supporter of the show, but I cannot compromise my beliefs. The good news is that I will be on a whole slew of other shows promoting the new album so I hope you can catch me on those.
Again, see above.
My point isn't that Manilow is a hypocrite. Do about five minutes of research and you'll come up with the same conclusion. Instead, I want to focus on something Manilow didn't say: what Hasselbeck said or did that makes her "dangerous and offensive." The faux left are rarely called on their antics when they pull something like this. They make claims like "Bush is a Nazi" or "She is dangerous and offensive" and that's good enough for the faux left. And when the right doesn't respond, it makes the labels stick.
Well, I'm not one for letting something like that go. Mr. Manilow, it's time for you to put up or shut up. Either give us examples of how Hasselbeck is offensive and dangerous or withdraw your objections and apologize. And unless it's something serious, like "She puts poison in fudge brownies and gives them to Joy Behar," I'm just not going to buy that she's that dangerous. As far as offensive, that's no real reason to drop an appearance on "The View" especially considering you've done the show before with Hasselbeck on it.
Maybe it's my Spidey Sense tingling, but I get the distinct impression you don't have the proof and might just be trying to gin up interest in your CD. You don't need to go the Babs Streisand route to get it, though. You're talented beyond belief. Don't stoop when you can soar.